Willing to experience the real Tuscan countryside and get in contact with local people? Welcome to our farm! This cozy two bedroom house is perfect for a lost-in-nature holiday for a family or a group of four.
The self-catering house has antique terracotta tiled floors, wooden beams and rustic Italian farmhouse furnishings. It has two bedrooms with one double bed and two single beds (that can be turned into another double bed), two bathrooms (one with bath tub and one with shower), a cozy kitchen-living room with two sofas.
Located on the ground floor of a typical Tuscan "casa colonica", the front door opens directly to the outdoors for easy access to the grassy lawn. It has a private patio and a private pergola for eating outside. It is spacious and cool during the summer, warm and cozy during the winter. Central heating is included in the price.
The rent is part of a "casa colonica", which is divided into three portions. Perched on the side of a hillock, the "colonica" has a classic Tuscan structure with a large porticoed entryway. It is surrounded by apricot, loquat, cherry and peach trees with olive trees interspersed on all sides.
The rent is part of our 500 hectares organic farm. When choosing to stay with us, our guests have the unique opportunity of sharing the everyday life of a Tuscan working farm. They'll be in contact with gorgeous nature and with an Italian and international staff that is always happy to share their life experience.
Lost in the countryside and very quiet, this is a house that encourages solitude, while also offering space for gathering.
The house has a shared swimming pool (10m x 5m, not heated) open from May to September. There's a shared laundry and BBQs.
The lovely nature surrounding the house have multiple hiking trails that take you down the main farm building or at the lake. You'll have a map of the property when you check-in.
The main farm building is a 20 minute walk (3-5 minute drive - 1,2 km on a dirt road) downhill. At the office in the main farm building, Guido & his team are always happy to help. There is also a small shop where we sell our own organic meat, olive oil, honey and white truffles (when in season), as well as other local and organic basic products.
Around the main farm building, you can visit many animals – who often become the main attraction of our youngest guests: cows, pigs, cats, dogs…
Interaction with guests
Why did we decide to share our farm on AirBnb? Because we love getting in touch with our guests! The office in the main farm building is open every morning, and we are always happy to help you in case you need assistance or suggestions about the area. And if you don't need anything... it's still great to have a chat, share our stories, go to visit the stable or the veggie garden, or taste some of the products of the farm!
Cooking lessons, bread baking & pizza making classes and truffle hunting (in autumn) are all experiences offered on site.
Other things to note
You're going to stay on a working farm. We've dirt roads connecting the houses to the main farm building. Regular cars are fine, but low sport cars are not recommended for driving within the farm.
This is an organic farm. That means living nature, including... insects, especially during summer.
This is a place where to disconnect from a busy life: no Tv, no DVD players, no air conditioning, just (gorgeous) nature, BBQs, walks, and exploring.
Bring appropriate shoes (if it rains it can be muddy) and expect real (yet very comfortable) countryside living.
From the last week of September to December, only on specific days, you may find hunters on the property. They help keeping the wild boar population that lives within the farm under control (boars do love white truffles).
Our farm is a working farm and, while the utmost care is taken to provide a family-friendly experience, there are inherent dangers present in such a natural setting (some guests suggested to remember that vipers can be in the area, though it is extremely rare meeting them). By completing a booking, guests accept full responsibility for their safety and the safety of all members of their party.
We provide linen and towels, kitchen cloths, hand soap, soap for the plates and for the dishwasher, toilet paper.
Free wireless internet access is available from the house.
Extra mid-stay cleaning and linen change (must be requested at least one week before arrival): € 50
Baby cot (cm 120x60) + highchair: €15 per stay (covers not provided)
Baby bathtub: € 5/stay
Baby kit (0-6 months): baby cot (120x60 cm) (covers not provided), highchair, baby bathtub, changing pads: € 20/stay
Toddler kit (6 months - 2 years): baby cot (120x60 cm) (covers not provided), highchair, plastic plates, changing pads: € 20/stay
Firewood: €5 per crate
Cooking lessons, bread baking & pizza making classes and truffle hunting (in autumn) are experiences offered on site (not included in the rate).
Check-in: from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Check out: before 10:00 am.
We charge €50 for late check-in from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. After 10:00 pm, we are closed.
Your credit card details will be required upon your arrival as a guarantee and can be used to cover the costs of any improper use of the property. We reserve the right to insist on extra obligatory cleanings at the guest’s expense if we find that the apartment is not being maintained in a state of reasonable cleanliness. If we find the apartment in excessive disorder upon check out, you will be notified, a cleaning surcharge will be applied directly to the credit card provided and an itemized bill will be sent to you.
Pets are allowed.
No smoking policy inside the apartment.
The town of Montaione requires all tourists to pay a vacation tax of 1 euro per person per night up until the sixth night of the stay (children under the age of 14 are exempt). This tax must be paid in cash upon arrival. You may refuse to pay the tax by signing a form that we provide you.
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Ten years ago I transformed my family's historic estate into an organic agriturismo. Since then, I divide my time between Florence, where I live with my wife and our three children, and the farm.
Barbialla Nuova is 500 hectares of forests and pastures, 100% organic, where we raise Chianina beef, hunt for white truffles and produce honey & olive oil. There are two families that live and work on the farm - Ilaria, Francesco and their daughter Gaia who run the agriturismo and Frank, our talented Dutch carpenter and night guardian, with his girlfriend Sofie. You can find me at the farm two days per week. We're all always happy to share the secrets of the area with our guests, so you can be sure to find the best restaurant, farm shop, artisan goods or simply the best way to spend a rainy day with the kids.